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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What crop was domesticated in Ethiopia before spreading around the globe?
(a) Teff
(b) Manioc
(c) Millet
(d) The coffee bean

2. Almonds were found in which person's tomb?
(a) Jesus
(b) Tutankhamen
(c) Ulysses S. Grant
(d) Socrates

3. How did the Moriori avoid conflict?
(a) By giving in when challenged
(b) By moving to an area that no one wanted
(c) By choosing not to develop weapons
(d) By renouncing war

4. Why were early crops chosen by farmers?
(a) They grew slowly
(b) They gave low yields in the wild
(c) They were already edible
(d) They were not able to be stored

5. How many of the original fourteen large domesticated mammals became widespread across the globe?
(a) 5
(b) 10
(c) 1
(d) 14

Short Answer Questions

1. Plant and animal domestication led to which of the following?

2. One argument that people have made is that what stimulated development in Western Europe?

3. Which location did not see a mass extinction of large mammals that was as large as other locations?

4. Sedentary lifestyles led to what type of birth intervals?

5. Diamond argues that examining Polynesia helps the reader see what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Australia not develop writing or complex societies as early as other groups, according to Diamond?

2. What does Diamond argue determined when a group would adopt food production?

3. How do historical sciences differ from non-historical sciences?

4. What advantages did the Fertile Crescent have in domesticating plants?

5. What advantages did the Spanish have over the Incas?

6. How do inventions spread between societies?

7. What are the four stages in how diseases are transferred from animals to humans?

8. How is climate used as an explanation for the uneven distribution of wealth and power?

9. What made the spread of Austronesian culture possible?

10. What advantages did the Bantu have over other African groups?

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